Person

Evan Weber

Occupation:

Environmental Activist

Co-Founder, Sunrise Movement

Evan Weber is a liberal operative, environmentalist activist, and co-founder of Sunrise Movement, a left-of-center environmentalist advocacy organization notable for promoting the “Green New Deal,” a policy program critics characterize as a “radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.” [1]

Personal Life and Early Career

Weber attended the Punahou School, a private high school in Honolulu best known as former President Barack Obama’s alma mater. He then attended Wesleyan University and graduated with a degree in economics and environmental studies.

Weber previously worked as an assistant campaign director for the New Mexico state affiliate of Environment America, where he supported the election of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) in 2012. He also worked as an outreach director for Pricing Carbon Initiative, an environmental advocacy organization that uses campaigns for a carbon tax in the United States,  and participated in the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street movement. [2] [3] [4]

Sunrise Movement (U.S. Climate Plan)

Weber served as co-founder and executive director of Sunrise Movement (formerly U.S. Climate Plan), a left-wing climate policy advocacy organization that is now a part of Sunrise Movement Education Fund. [5] Weber serves as political director and co-founder of Sunrise Education Fund. Sunrise was previously a member organization of Climate Action Network International, a left-of-center environmental policy and activism network. [6]

Green New Deal

Weber was partially behind the Green New Deal, a package of radical far-left environmental and economic policy proposals which opponents declared constituted a “radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy.” [7] The Green Party originally drafted a version of the proposal to promote environmentalism and social justice-based policy. [8]

The U.S. Senate considered a resolution endorsing the proposal in early 2019; it failed 0-57, with three Democrats and one Independent (who caucuses with Democrats) voting alongside the 53-member Republican conference to defeat the measure. [9]

References

  1. McConnell, Mitch. Twitter Post. March 25, 2019, 5:18 P.M. Accessed March 29, 2019. https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/111028997538649292
  2. Matthews, Mark K., Nick Bowlin, and Benjamin Hulac. “Inside the Sunrise Movement (it Didn’t Happen by Accident).” E&E News. December 2, 2018. Accessed April 2, 2019. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060108439.
  3. “User Profile: Evan Weber.” Linekdin.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanlweber/.
  4. “Our Approach.” Pricing Carbon Initiative. February 01, 2016. Accessed April 02, 2019. http://www.pricingcarbon.org/our-approach/.
  5. Urry, Amelia. “Evan Weber Rallies Young Climate Activists to Demand More.” Grist, Grist, 21 Mar. 2017, www.grist.org/grist-50/profile/evan-weber/.
  6. “U.S. Climate Plan.” U.S. Climate Plan | CAN International, www.climatenetwork.org/profile/member/us-climate-plan.
  7. McConnell, Mitch. Twitter Post. March 25, 2019, 5:18 P.M. Accessed March 29, 2019. https://twitter.com/senatemajldr/status/111028997538649292
  8. “A Conversation on Green New Deal with Evan Weber and David Roberts.” Climate Exchange. March 07, 2019. Accessed April 02, 2019. https://climate-xchange.org/2019/03/07/a-conversation-on-green-new-deal-with-evan-weber-and-david-roberts/.
  9. Grandoni, Dino, and Felicia Sonmez. “Senate Defeats Green New Deal, as Democrats Call Vote a ‘sham’.” The Washington Post. March 26, 2019. Accessed April 02, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/green-new-deal-on-track-to-senate-defeat-as-democrats-call-vote-a-sham/2019/03/26/834f3e5e-4fdd-11e9-a3f7-78b7525a8d5f_story.html?utm_term=.e175762fcd88.

Connected Organizations

  1. Sunrise Movement (Non-profit)
    Co-Founder and Political Director
  2. Sunrise Movement Education Fund (Non-profit)
    Co-Founder and Executive Director
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